Sakamoto: 49ers John Lynch sets tone by releasing CB Tramaine Brock

The Chronicle

San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch does not play around when it comes to off-field behavior, and as a result abruptly released starting CB Tramaine Brock. The player commonly referred by teammates as T-Brock was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony domestic violence late Thursday night. 

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According to a Santa Clara Police Department report, officers responded to a report of a domestic-violence incident at 9:35 p.m. Thursday. The officers reported that an adult female had visible injuries and was “in a dating relationship with the male suspect.”

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Brock, who had been with the Niners since 2010, started all but one game at cornerback over the past two seasons and was one of the longest-tenured players on the team. He was scheduled to enter the final season of a four-year, $14 million contract in 2017 with a cap hit of $4.3 million.

His release saves the team, which already had a league-leading $70 million in salary cap space, $3.55 million (according to ESPN 49ers Beat Writer Nick Wagoner). 

Originally an undrafted rookie free-agent from small-school Belhaven University, T-Brock would go on to play seven seasons with the 49ers, amassing 181 tackles, 11 interceptions, and 43 passes defensed. 

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